Golden Retrievers Make Wonderful Additions To The Family
Consider a Golden Retriever as your family Pet!
Here is a great video on Golden Retrievers and a well written article on why you should give them serious consideration if you are looking for a new dog or puppy! You can never be too selective when you choose a family pet. With all the natural breeds and the rise of mixed breeds (like the Golden Doodle – the cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle) there are an amazing number of choices. But the golden Retriever is in a class of its own, its just a wonderful family dog!
First, here is the great Animal Planet video on Golden Retrievers!
More on this great Family Dog!
History of the Breed – The American Kennel Club categorized the different breeds by groups with each group having distinguishing characteristics that are shared by all the breeds in it. Golden Retrievers find a home in the Sporting Group.
The Sporting Group is made up of some of the oldest and most popular breeds. A lot of these breeds were originally intended for hunting, but most of the dogs are kept as regular family pets who rarely hunt. The hunting traits, however, create some of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a sporting dog.
About “Goldens” – The Golden Retriever is generally light yellow to deep golden honey in color. The coat tends to get a little deeper in color after they turn one. They are on average about 24 inches tall at the shoulders, and sometimes females can be a little shorter. They have long hair which can be flat or wavy. They’ll need to be brushed properly or their coat will form thick mats.
OK so why pick a Golden Retriever for YOUR family?
- Goldens, as their name suggests, are retrievers, and they love fetching a ball, sometimes for what feels like hours.
- They are also sociable and personable, and they make excellent companions.
- They are intelligent and really want to please you.
- They are protective towards their family.
- They are quiet tempered and not known as a biting or nipping breed.
- Golden Retrievers are naturally bred to be strong and quite resistant to diseases that plague some breeds that have been inbred too much for size or other particular qualities.
- They are not hyperactive or uncontrollable barkers.
As puppies, Goldens are full of energy and can be especially mouthy. Make sure you direct your puppy’s need to chew to appropriate chew toys. When they are puppies, they don’t really care what they chew on. A chair leg or a chew bone are one and the same for them. Goldens are easy to train, very sporty and their personalities are endearing. Their goal is to make you happy. You can find them performing with tails wagging and eyes shining in the obedience, agility, and fly ball arenas. They are also great pets to have around kids.
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